Straight by Hanne Blank
The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality

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...Ms. Blank darts from one intriguing, thought-provoking point to another.
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It's surprising that the term "heterosexuality" is less than 150 years old and that heterosexuality's history has never before been written, given how obsessed we are with it. In Straight, independent scholar Hanne Blank delves deep into the contemporary psyche as well as the historical record to chronicle the realm of heterosexual relations--a subject that is anything but straight and narrow. Consider how Catholic monasticism, the reading of novels, the abolition of slavery, leisure time, divorce, and constipation of the bowels have all at some time been labeled enemies of the heterosexual state. With an extensive historical scope and plenty of juicy details and examples, Straight provides a fascinating look at the vagaries, schisms, and contradictions of what has so often been perceived as an irreducible fact of nature.

About Hanne Blank

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Writer and historian Hanne Blank is the author of Virgin:The Untouched History and seven other books that explore the intersections of sexuality, gender, the body, and culture.
Published January 31, 2012 by Beacon Press. 253 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Abigail Zuger, M.d. on Jan 30 2012

...Ms. Blank darts from one intriguing, thought-provoking point to another.

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